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We provide great service, food and beverages delivering a quality experience comfortable for families, friends and sports fans in a friendly environment. LOTS OF PATIO SEATING!
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Pub, American, Bar
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Per advice of neighbors, I ordered the whitefish carryout last Saturday and even though I had heard that this family owned restaurant is a solid dependable performer, I was still really impressed with my carry out whitefish (capers and tomatoes were on the side -...good idea). It was plentiful and healthy. I realize that it sounds silly to get excited about a perfectly cooked baked potato - but where else can you find one? Broccoli and carrots - simple things, but could be spoiled in the wrong hands, and I really enjoyed a nice healthy veg. Also - two well sized pieces of really delicious and perfectly cooked whitefish! Stands up to the more expensive versions around town very well. This was more than bar food. I am pretty sure it was the owner who handed me the bag. I will definitely be back to thank him in person! No wonder this place is so popular. I hope this popularity isn’t putting too much stress on the distancing right now, and I am happy to support them with carryouts until things settle down for a more relaxed dine in.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 15, 2021

We were staying in Petoskey after skiing at Boyne and looked for something close to our hotel and found the Side Door Saloon. It was a busy Friday night but we had great service and great food. I have Celiac and they don't have any...mention of GF options on their menu, but I had a blackened Whitefish sandwich without the bun and didn't have any problems. My son had a good veggie burger, and my wife's wrap was average, but we enjoyed ourselves.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed October 23, 2020

We stop at the Side Door Saloon frequently when we travel to Petoskey. It is more of a family restaurant than a saloon. The food is always fantastic. The prices are very reasonable and the staff is always professional. Most times the manager will stop...by our table to ask about our experience. Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by, we appreciate your support especially during these difficult times!

Reviewed August 25, 2020 via mobile

We ate there twice on our one week stay in the area. Excellent Berger’s and nice local, fresh seafood.

Date of visit: August 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

Charles G, thank you for taking the time to write this review and for visiting us twice during your visit to the area.

Reviewed August 20, 2020 via mobile

WOW, where do these good reviews for this place come from? This place has to be one of the worst restaurants I have eaten at in the area. First, the waitress could care less that she had customers, except for a couple locals she knew....Didn’t check on us for drink refills until we were ready for our bill, no check to see how our food tasted, etc.... On to the food, how are their burgers or sandwiches world famous or win any award? I have had better from fast food restaurants. Dry and just a standard. Oh! I love this part, they only have potato chips to go with your sandwich or burger. Nothing else. When I asked the waitress as to what sides I could get with my sandwich. My answer..... chips... you get chips. We don’t have a deep fryer. Really? How about a side salad? How about some fruit? Guess what..... you can BAKE french fries or tater tots or something else too. Really, look at the directions on the bag. It’s simple. So what if you don’t have deep fryers. The others had some kind of chicken salads. The chicken was dry and other ingredients were not fresh. They couldn’t finish their salads. Thank goodness they had Cheboygan Brewery’s Blood Orange Honey on tap. At least we could have a great beer to wash that bad food down. Disappointing. We will never return.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

I am so sorry you did not enjoy your visit here. Something went terribly wrong, I am so sorry. I hope you give us another try someday so you can see that this is not a typical visit. If you saw the size of our...More

Reviewed August 15, 2020 via mobile

Cool little saloon, restaurant/bar, on route 31. Known for their burgers, but the whitefish Caesar salad and the pesto wrap were delicious. Seated quickly and service was excellent.

Date of visit: August 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

Thank you so much for visiting!

Reviewed August 7, 2020 via mobile

1st trip to Petoskey. So many cars going in and out decided to try it. A fun place with friendly staff. Seated in no time, excellent service. I had the prime rib wrap, which I loved and my husband had the small prime entree which...was cooked perfectly. Definitely will return.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

Thank you for stopping by, we appreciate your business very much! I am so happy that you enjoyed your visit here, we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed July 17, 2020 via mobile

The outdoor seating is now either under the canopy or at umbrella tables. Service was quick and efficient. Went for dinner twice during our 3 day stay. Whitefish, lobster tails, steak jolie..all were tasty. Just a bit N out of the traffic w easy parking...lot.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

Thank you for visiting, we are glad you enjoyed the outdoor seating and hope to se you again soon!

Reviewed July 14, 2020

Always good food, good value and good service. I live in Petoskey and eat out quite a bit. Side door is my number one choice.

Date of visit: July 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

Thank you so much, We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed July 9, 2020

This place never fails to have good food and great service. I love it. It is a great place to gather with friends for a casual meal

Date of visit: July 2020
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G219UGdond, Owner at The Side Door Saloon, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by, we appreciate your patronage!

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